Issue #112  10/10/2006
Arnold Newman Archive Goes to Univ. of Texas

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin has acquired the archive of photographer Arnold Newman (1918-2006), whose portraits included Lyndon Baines Johnson, Pablo Picasso and Truman Capote. Click here to see the recent newsletter article on Newman's obituary: http://www.iphotocentral.com/news/article_view.php/117/108/612 .

The archive spans from the late 1930s to the 21st century and contains all of Newman's negatives, slides and color transparencies, all of his original contact sheets and more than 2,000 prints, including examples of color and collage work. The archive also includes Newman's original sittings books, correspondence and business files, early sketchbooks, photographic albums and some of the many awards he received during his lifetime.

"Newman is without question one of the celebrated masters of photographic portraiture of the 20th century," said David Coleman, Ransom Center curator of photography. Newman adopted a signature, and influential, approach of portraying his subjects with contextual clues to their life and work.

"His goal was to meld a striking composition with what was true to the sitter," Coleman said. "His success is apparent because his portraits often come to mind when one recalls many of the icons of 20th century literature, art, science and politics."

The "Arnold Newman Fellowship in Photography" will be created to support scholarly research in the Center's photography collection, including study on the career and works of Newman.